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Rio Rancho man sentenced for firearms violations

April 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho man has been sentenced to nearly nine years in federal prison for firearms violations. Prosecutors announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Christopher Rooks received a 102-month prison term to be followed by three years of supervised release for violating federal firearms laws. Rooks was arrested last August on a...

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Clovis man convicted in a child solicitation case

April 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Clovis man has been convicted in a child solicitation case. Prosecutors announced Wednesday that a jury in Clovis found 41-year-old Richard Schaublin guilty of soliciting a child by using an electronic device for the...

Man sought in NM shooting after case dropped

April 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are seeking a 20-year-old man in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend. She was shot and wounded several hours after child abuse and domestic violence charges against the man were dropped. The Albuquerque Journal...

Udall has $919,000 in re-election campaign fund

April 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has raised nearly $800,000 in the past three months for his re-election campaign next year, according to a new fundraising disclosure. The first-term Democrat’s campaign reported a cash balance of $919,256 at...

Arizona man pleads guilty in drug trafficking case

April 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking charges in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Kevin James Fitzgerald of Tucson entered his plea Tuesday in a federal court in Las Cruces. Fitzgerald and a...

Dead horses, cows found dumped in Lea County lot

April 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About a dozen dead horses, cows and goats were found on a vacant lot in southeastern New Mexico that appears to have been used as a dumping ground for unwanted animals, officials said Tuesday. Lea County officials have launched an...

Syphilis cases in New Mexico highest since 1988

April 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says there were more than 100 reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis in the state last year. That’s the highest number and rate since 1988. New Mexico doctors reported 101 cases of...

Southern NM landfill eyes extending life 200 years

April 16, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A big landfill that takes in trash from southern New Mexico is seeking to extend its life to 200 years. The South Central Solid Waste Authority is drafting the first permit renewal for the Corralitos Landfill since its inception...

New Mexico governor reshuffles her cabinet

April 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez reshuffled the leadership of two state agencies on Monday because of the retirement of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis. The governor named Environment Secretary F. David Martin to...

NM court rules murder suspect’s rights violated

April 15, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors can’t use a Farmington murder suspect’s statement to police because he had invoked his constitutional right to remain silent while being questioned by authorities, New Mexico’s highest court decided...